A very merry recycled Christmas

Everyone knows that Portimão is a cash-strapped council – so it was really nice to see that they decided to do something different this Christmas that didn’t cost the earth – literally!

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

All of their decorations were made out of recycled plastic bottles – and they looked amazing! 

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

We have been unable to find out anything else about the decorations – particularly who made them – so if you know – do tell us!

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

As you can see – some of them were even lit up at night – we loved the igloo – and to give you an idea of scale, a small child could easily walk through the door and sit inside!

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

Santa’s house was impressive too! you can see the detail and the work involved here in this shot, as each of the bottles had been painted in the right colours:

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

They even had flowers!

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

Many of the shops had candy canes – which made for a nice arty black and white shot!

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

There were also traditional Christmas trees and other decorations, but these were found outside the shops who had provided their own extra trimmings!

 Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

The recycled decorations were in stark contrast to many other councils – like Lagoa – who went for the more traditional approach, like this life-size nativity scene:

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

But there was something quite magical about the recycled decorations in Portimão – so well done to them for doing something different! There was even a Santa with his reindeer and giant presents stacked outside the shops all made from recycled bottles.

We’ll leave you with our favourite – the giant Christmas tree made out of plastic bottle flowers:

Portimao Christmas recycled 2014

And we wish you all a peaceful and thoughtful Christmas and New Year.


This entry was posted in Algarve, Events and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to A very merry recycled Christmas

  1. Sami Veloso says:

    That Christmas tree is awesome! In fact all of the recycled decorations are beautiful! Wish more councils and cities adopted the same principle.
    Happy New Year to you Alyson.

  2. What fun structures! And a lesson for all of us — do something with that trash!!! Something creative. Thanks for sharing.

  3. jabellik says:

    What a brilliant idea !

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.